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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-17-2006, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
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Glass Display Case as Tank?

So I'm sure I'm not the only person to have ever had this idea, but I can't seem to find any other posts about it here...

Anybody ever use a glass display case as an aquarium - the kind you keep sports mementos like signed baseballs and whatnot in?

I came across this and aside from the mirrored surfaces (and maybe the fact that the lid is hinged glass w/ no easy way of running airline into it), it doesn't seem like it'd be that difficult to convert. The only other thing that I'm concerned about would be the glue used in assembly.

Anybody try this yet?
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-17-2006, 11:08 PM
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I'm almost positive the silicone on the seams of the glass would not hold water. I don't know if what your talking about would have a base built into it, but that probably wouldn't hold a tank of water either. A pic of the display case would help...


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The displays are usually made of really thin glass as well.

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I would imagine that if you ran an extra bead of silicon sealant along all inside corners it would become tough enough to hold water.
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As long as the existing sealant isn't somehow toxic that's an idea (reinforcing w/ aquarium sealant).

This is what prompted the idea in the first place:

http://pages.hollysglassworks.com/11...922399645.html

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Given the size of that particular container (8") the glass looks plenty thick enough, also since it's a cube it's not holding that large a volume of water.

But — extra silicone definitely.

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Silicone doesn't do a very good job of sticking to other dry silicone. I'd say your best bet is to scrape out all the extra silicone on the inside (but not pull apart the glass), clean up the surface really good, and then reseal it. Use tape to get nice straight edges on the silicone.


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